Bassett, who topped the RFU Championship try-scoring charts during the 2011/12 season with 14 tries has expressed his excitement at coming to a Club with a similar rugby style to that of Bedford.
“I have really enjoyed myself so far. The boys have been really welcoming and it is great to be in a professional rugby environment. I have had a couple of really good years with Bedford Blues which was down to the ethos at the Club. London Wasps have a similar ethos, and Dai is very into his flowing rugby so that’s what attracted me to coming here.”
With pre-season into its fifth week, Bassett discusses the transition from Championship to Premiership in this vital training period.
“It is definitely a step up. For me it is all about quantity, how much you are training and the additional support you get. For example the strength and conditioning team here are great at what they do and with the new coaches coming in (Stephen Jones and Brad Davis) there has been quite a lot of rugby based training which is really interesting and makes you get your head down and put the hard work in. There is a lot of variety in training too, a bit of yoga now and again which is good and the boys definitely appreciate it! It is good to mix it up, it keeps it interesting and keeps you coming in with a smile on your face.”
With formidable wingers Tom Varndell, Christian Wade and James Bailey, who has recovered from injury, already in the squad, Bassett expresses his desire to learn from these players and continue to develop.
“All three of them are great players and have played at a higher level than me so it’s good for me to come in, gain experience and learn from what they’ve done and their past experiences. Given the experience they have and where they’ve been, they can help me with those little tips that I wouldn’t have picked up elsewhere.”
Having been part of the England U20s set-up, Bassett will soon be reunited with a number of ex-teammates.
“It will be really good to get back out onto the pitch with Tommy Bell, Alec Hepburn and Nathan Morris. It has been great to catch up with Tommy because we were roommates back at England U20s and with Alec and Nathan having just won the Junior World Championship, they will come back flying so I’m really looking forward to getting all the boys back together and to get the season started.
London Wasps face Harlequins in the London Double Header in the first game of the season and Bassett hopes they can start the season off on a high.
“I remember watching London Wasps against Harlequins last season in the London Double Header and it was a great game. Hopefully it will be a similarly exciting fixture this time round but with a different result! The boys are working really hard and we are getting our heads down to learn everything. All the new boys that have come in are really grafting too as we know that there are no easy games in the Premiership. Each week the result could go either way, so fingers crossed we can start off, hit the ground running and get the results we want.”